Dr. Marilyn Pattillo, associate professor of clinical nursing at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, has been named 2009 Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the Texas Nurse Practitioner Association.
Pattillo specializes in adult health, geriatrics and gerontology. She developed and taught a Disaster Nursing elective class in 2002 and 2003 in response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Content from those classes have since been integrated into undergraduate curriculum so all students have basic disaster nursing competencies before graduation.
Pattillo is a member of the university's emergency preparedness efforts and is deputy team commander of the Department of Health and Human Services' National Nurse Response Team.
Earlier this year, Pattillo was named Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year by the Austin Advanced Practice Nurses Organization.
Both awards were given to Pattillo for her clinical expertise, teaching, state and national level work in disaster relief and her work in Asia as a member of the Vietnam Education Foundation. The foundation is an international fellowship program for graduate and post-graduate training in the sciences, mathematics, medicine and information technology.
The mission of the Texas Nurse Practitioner Association, one of the largest nurse practitioner groups in the country, is to promote the professional excellence of nurse practitioners and to support quality healthcare through leadership, education and advocacy.